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Midnight Journeys

Midnight Journeys

Ittai Shapira

Label: Champs Hill
Format: CD
Barcode: 5060212591531
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Catalog number: CHRCD 148
Releasedate: 08-02-19
- Composed and performed by Ittai Shapira
- Featuring BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Arpeggione Kammerorchester

An album of double concertos by composer-violinist Ittai Shapira, composed as part of his recovery and in an attempt to regain and connect fragments his memories after a terrible act of violence inflicted on him over a decade ago.

Ittai will use selected sequences from these compositions to work with patients, refugees, women recovering from violence and abuse, veterans with PTSD, and as an educational tool for societal healing.

Sephardic Journeys for Violin and Cello - soloist Thomas Carroll - emphasizes a sense of identity and empathy, and draws on the rich and vast Sephardic sound world.

Midnight’s Children for Violin and Clarinet – soloist Robert Plane - is in three main movements, which respond to the three books in the novel, telling the history of India from 1915 to 1978. It features Salman Rushdie as narrator.

Magyar: Concerto for Two Violins – soloist Hagai Shaham – was inspired by the film Seven Pounds, in which the main character sets off on a journey to commit seven random acts of kindness; and is rich in Hungarian musical tradition.

In his dual role as violinist-composer, Ittai Shapira is a rarity in the 21st century, but follows a long line of musicians who, in writing and performing their own works, have relished both forms of creativity.

Described by the New York Times as “an Israeli dynamo with a flourishing solo violin career” and “Electrifying” by the London Times, Ittai Shapira regularly performs with prestigious orchestras across the globe. Engagements include performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic under Sir Neville Marriner,

Cape Town Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Detroit Symphony under Yoel Levi, English Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israeli Virtuosi at Alice Tully Hall hosted by Itzhak Perlman, The Knights, the Philharmonia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic with Thomas Sanderling, and the Symphony orchestras of Budapest and Shanghai. Performances include a tour of Finland and Sweden with the Oulu Sinfonia. Shapira made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2003 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has premiered 19 concertos and recorded 20 CDs.

In addition to performing standard repertoire, he has collaborated with the Daniel Pearl Foundation for an HBO Film, has performed with Glenn Close and Brooke Shields, and is now collaborating with scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine on Music and the Brain as Artist in Residence. Shapira serves as Artist in Residence and Consultant for the Madison Theatre at Molloy College, and has been touring performing his own Concertos for Violin and Orchestra.